Now it's time to roll back the clock.....all the way back to my second cake.
In today's tutorial, I'm going to show you how to put an image on a cake (as I did above) and how to "color" it in.
You are going to need some piping gel, food coloring, Wilton tip 2, a pencil, a piping bag, the picture you want to transfer and a piece of parchment paper larger than your picture. If you need to find a picture of something I would suggest doing a google search for coloring pages...never buying a coloring book again! I've just been struck by the cutest idea, dual purpose too. If you need a distraction for your kiddos while you're decorating, print them off a couple copies of your picture to color and then frame them and put them on your dessert table. I am so doing this!
Back to business, the first thing you need to do is tint your piping gel. I like to tint mine blue because I only have 2 uses for piping gel, the first being transfers, and the other is for creating "water" for cakes. You don't need very much gel for transfers, but I like to have a fair bit in my piping bag for ease of piping. If I keep it blue, I can tint as much gel as I want and not worry about what I'm going to do with my leftovers. Once your gel is tinted fit your piping bag with Wilton tip 2 and fill 'er up.
Now place your parchment paper over your picture and trace it with your pencil.
You can use any method to fill this in. I'm using Wilton tips 7 and 4 and using the dimensional technique. I'll also be making a dot border with Wilton tip number 12. I'm using tip 7 on the leaves and petals and tip 4 to draw the stem.
This is a pretty easy piping technique. The important thing to remember here is to keep the head of the tip buried in the icing as you are dragging it around your shape, and keep steady pressure as you squeeze. When the whole space is filled, stop squeezing the bag and lift it out. If you get a peak where you lift it out, just use your finger and smooth it out. Here it is again for the leaves.
We're well on our way to a cute cake. All we need is a border. I'm going to show you how to pipe a ball border.
It's as easy as that! If you end up with peaks just smooth them out with your finger.
And here's the finished project.
Next up, buttercream ribbon roses and shell borders, oh my!